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Dr Aram Ghaemmaghami joined the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as Lecturer of Criminal Justice and Policing in 2021. 

He completed is PhD at the University of Portsmouth in 2020, in which he critically engaged with the Prevent Statutory Duty at the local authority level from a post-colonial perspective. Aram uses a multi-disciplinary approach to his research and teaching practice: adopting perspectives from Criminology, Sociology, Political Science and Cultural Geography in his work. 

Aram has an extensive professional background in local government, working in educational services for 8 years as a safeguarding specialist and as a senior researcher for Public Health England. He has also contributed to several largescale research projects for the University of Portsmouth, including an Office for Student funded project that assessed the BAME attainment gap in higher education and most recently for an ESRC funded project that studied the Police response to Covid-19.  

Teaching Responsibilities

Aram teaches on a number of units that focus on the nature of the Criminal Justice system, criminological theory, contemporary countering violent extremism practice and gang crime. 

Research Interests

Aram is a post-colonial scholar that critically engages within the Criminal Justice system and policy landscape. His research interests include: community resilience, community policing, communities 'at risk', gang crime, race politics, race relations, policy making, social responses to climate change,  environmental sustainability, education and contemporary counter-terrorism/countering violent extremism. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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